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Oxford India Short Introduction Party System In India
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Oxford India Short Introduction Party System In India

Rekha Diwakar

Published by Oxford University Press | Language - English | Binding - Paper Back

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About the Book: Party System in India (OISI)

At the time of Indias independence in 1947, doubts were raised about its survival as a democracy due to widespread poverty and illiteracy, and the presence of a highly ethnically and linguistically diverse population. However, India has survived as a functioning democracy with a vibrant party system, and successfully held 16 parliamentary and over 350 state assembly elections so far, to elect its governments at the centre and in the states, respectively.

This short introduction provides an analysis of the Indian party system through its various phases—from the dominance of the Congress party, to the emergence of regional parties and coalition politics, and more recently, a move towards a BJP-centred party system. It argues that the Indian party system continues to be shaped by a complex interaction of sociological, institutional, and contextual factors. Outlining the key challenges facing Indian parties, the book argues that a competitive party system plays a crucial role in the functioning and sustenance of Indian democracy, and that the parties remain the most important link between the state and its citizens.

About the Author: Rekha Diwakar

Rekha Diwakar is lecturer in politics at the University of Sussex, UK, and research associate at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

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Book: Oxford India Short Introduction Party System In India
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ISBN-13: 9780199479597
Product Code EBK0408311
Binding: Paper Back
Publishing Date: 2018-01-30
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of Pages: 208
Language: English

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